Paint Your Front Door

Paint Your Front Door


Want a quick, easy way to freshen up your home’s appearance? Try repainting your front door in a new, bold color—a simple DIY activity that can be completed in a few hours, over a single weekend.

To make sure you get the right color, try going to your local hardware store a few days beforehand, and getting 2-3 different paint chips. Hang them on the front and back of the door for a few days, to see which one you like best.

(Remember, the same color may look very different on the front and back of the door. If necessary, you can always paint the interior side a different color.)

Step #1—Buy your supplies.

Before getting started, make sure you have:

  • Paint (1 quart should work)
  • Stir stick
  • Small angled brush (for detail work)
  • Large flat brush (for broad strokes)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Screwdriver (if you decide to remove the knobs)
  • Masking paper or drop cloths
  • Primer (only if you do a prime coat first)

Step #2—Clean the door.

Take the time to clean your door thoroughly—so you don’t get dust particles stuck in your new coat of paint.

Step #3—Protect your hardware.

You can either remove the door locks and knobs before you paint, for a “cleaner” finish—or seal them off with painter’s tape to protect the surfaces.

Step #4—Protect floors and walls.

Tape the hinges and door jamb with painter’s tape to protect them from stray paint strokes. Put masking paper (or a drop cloth) underneath the door to protect floors from drips.

Step #5—Prime the surface.

If you’re moving from a dark color to a lighter color, you may want to consider painting a coat of primer over the old color first. Or, you can just paint an extra “starter coat” of your new color to hide the old one.

Step #6—Start with edges and details.

Use the stir stick to mix the paint in the can until the color looks smooth and even. Then use your small, angled brush to paint the edges, details, and molding.

Step #7—Paint the wide, flat surfaces.

Use the larger brush to paint the wider, flat surfaces.

Step #8—Add a second coat.

If the color is not dark enough for you, wait 1 day for the paint to dry—then add a second coat.

Step #9—Remove painter’s tape.

Wait 1 more full day for the final coat of paint to dry, then remove your painter’s tape and painter’s paper (and reattach the hardware, if you removed it).

Want a “new look” for your home? A ReeceNichols agent can recommend a trusty contractor in your area.